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‘Clueless’ GOP wants to exempt itself from health care reform

Posted April 26, 2017 10:42 AM by Chris Pandolfo

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Paul Ryan on House floor. / J. Scott Applewhite | AP Photo

How many times have conservatives criticized Democrats in Congress for exempting themselves from feeling the full effects of Obamacare? Well, now Republicans in Congress have done the same thing, exempting themselves and their staff from the effects of their own proposed health insurance legislation.

The GOP’s proposed reforms to the Affordable Care Act will permit states to apply for waivers to repeal Obamacare regulations driving up the cost of premiums — regulations like the essential benefits mandates and community rating requirements. The tentative proposal is a compromise between the Freedom Caucus conservatives who want to see Obamacare fully repealed and the party moderates who want Obamacare regulations to remain in place. On the face of it, the idea is “if you can’t fix it, federalize it.”

But the GOP plan won’t fix anything. A half-repeal of Obamacare that is optional for the states will not sufficiently lower premiums, nor will it fix the systemic problems in our overregulated health insurance markets. The sicker people benefitting from Obamacare’s regulations at the expense of everyone else may very well lose the insurance coverage they like under the GOP plan while healthy people will continue to pay artificially higher premiums. This is why Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz called any repeal-in-name-only plan worse than keeping Obamacare in place.

And Republicans, never ones to miss an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot with major pieces of legislation, have included a provision in their plan to keep the Obamacare regulations they like for themselves.

The GOP amendment in question, offered by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., — a co-chair of the “Tuesday Group” — keeps the mandated essential benefits for members of Congress and their staff if their home state obtains a waiver to repeal Obamacare regulations under the GOP plan. In other words, Congress has exempted itself from the potential harms of its half-assed repeal of Obamacare.

Bad optics much?


Republicans are trying to sell something to the American people they don’t want to buy themselves. Is it any wonder 50 percent of Americans have “little or no confidence” in the Republican plan to reform health care? Not even Republicans believe in it!


Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

Trump threatens to ‘fight’ Freedom Caucus in midterms


President Trump on Thursday launched an attack against the conservative House Freedom Caucus, vowing to “fight” them in the 2018 midterm elections. Trump warned that the group could “hurt the entire Republican agenda” if its members clash with party leaders, lumping them together with Democrats on a list of his top political targets.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” the president tweeted.


The president is escalating an internal party feud that could have grave consequences for the rest of his legislative agenda. He appeared to hint at the possibility of encouraging primary challenges against Freedom Caucus members, the vast majority of whom represent solid Republican districts.Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a vocal Freedom Caucus member, fired back at the president in a tweet of his own.

“It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment.

Another ally of the group, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), echoed those comments, telling Trump on Twitter that “it’s a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls 17%. Sad!”

Trump has taken repeated shots at the group of hard-liners for their role in torpedoing the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The president lobbied them repeatedly to get on board with the proposal, but the effort was unsuccessful. Caucus members said the measure did not go far enough in rolling back the Affordable Care Act, even after changes were made to satisfy their concerns.

The president on Monday tweeted that the “Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” on healthcare.

“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” he tweeted on Sunday.

The president has openly mused about working with Democrats on an alternative healthcare plan. But it will be difficult for Trump to persuade Democrats to get on board with significant changes to former President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

With his poll numbers sitting at historic lows, Democrats also have little incentive to work with him on tax reform on a major infrastructure package, especially after he pledged to fight them in next year’s elections. The infighting within the House Republican conference, meanwhile, could pose challenges for those items as well as a must-pass spending bill to keep the government open beyond the April 29 funding deadline.

The schism also has also sparked internal divisions within the Freedom Caucus. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) quit the group over the healthcare bill, and Brian Babin (R-Texas) has said publicly he’s considering doing the same.

“It’s something that will be a decision in the future, OK?” Babin told The Hill.

–This report was updated at 10:28 a.m.

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

Reported By Paul Gattis Paul Gattis | | |  The Huntsville Times | on March 27, 2017 at 3:23 PM, | updated March 28, 2017 at 9:53 AM

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday. “This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,'” the bill states. And the bill uses just one sentence to do it.

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states.

And that’s it – one sentence.

Mo Brooks sticks to plan, opposes GOP health care plan

Mo Brooks sticks to plan, opposes GOP health care plan

Brooks has long been critical of the bill and last-ditch negotiations between House leaders, Trump and the conservative House Freedom Caucus – of which Brooks is a member – failed to sway his position.

Another bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama – the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 – would also be repealed under Brooks’ bill. The health care aspect of the law is also considered a part of Obamacare.

In a statement on Friday announcing he would oppose the Republican health care plan, which was eventually pulled from a vote because of a lack of support, Brooks said he had plans to introduce the bill to repeal Obamacare.

Present Trump asked House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to halt debate without a vote.

Brooks challenged his fellow lawmakers in Washington to sign the discharge petition that would bring the bill out of committee, where it otherwise could be left to die. Brooks’ bill has no co-sponsors at this point.

“If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,” Brooks said. “Those Congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition.”

“At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”

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Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon

Repeal and Repaste

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Repealing A new entitlement such as Obamacare is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube once it’s out.

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Collateral Damage

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After eight years, the GOP cost of attempting to repeal and replace may be their own demise while Obamacare remains intact..

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Like Obamacare, GOP healthcare could turnout to be a brother from another Mother, and with all the give and take what do call it?

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Repair and Extend (Ryancare)

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Many Conservatives feel that the American Healthcare Act (RyanCare) is only repairing and extending Obamacare or Obamacare Lite.

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